VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Promoting Mental Health Collaborations in Counselor Education Through the Use of Service-Learning
Ronica Arnold Branson, Lakitta D. Johnson, and Regina F. McMurtery
Mental illness has no preference for race, socioeconomic status, age, or gender and can affect anyone at any time. It is estimated that over 57 million Americans are affected by some type of mental disorder each year, with 1 in 17 living with a serious mental illness and one in ten children suffering from some type of significant mental impairment (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2011). Although recovery is possible, many individuals go untreated. According to the NIMH, only about 58% of adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness received treatment. Among these individuals, the most common types of treatment were outpatient services and medication, with the majority of these individuals (52%) using prescription medication as their form of treatment. With children, the numbers remain about the same. It is reported that only about 50% of children who were diagnosed with a mental disorder received treatment, with females being 50% less likely to use mental health services than males (NIMH, 2011).